2016 Costa Rica Ahorro Business Excellence AwardsCostaRicaAhorro.com is a website that specializes in offering its visitors the latest promotions, discounts and business reviews. 

This year, CostaRicaAhorro.com is proud to publish its list of the best businesses in Costa Rica based on customer service, Best Customer Satisfaction and Best All Around Business.

Best Locations to Rent under $500 in Costa RicaCosta Rica is without a doubt one of the most popular vacation spot in the world for ecotourism, medical tourism and for its beautiful beach.  It is also one of the top countries for expats to retire in because it not only offers a cheaper cost of living; it also offers most of the amenities from home.

As an expat living in Costa Rica, I have had my share of touring the country looking for the perfect location.  I have bought and sold a house in Escazu, Costa Rica lived in Sabana Sur, Moravia, Athenas, Ciudad Colon and many other places around the Central Valley and I wanted to share my experience in finding houses for rent under $500.

Barberia Paris - Bargain Haircut in Costa RicaAfter living in Costa Rica for 10 years, you would think that I would have found the perfect barber or hairstylist by now.

I mean, we are talking about 120 haircuts which in my case, means about 57 different places that I have tried out without too much luck.

Some haircuts have been great others have been bad while others have been expensive and others cheap.

I had pretty much given up on finding a barber or hairstylist in Costa Rica that I could call MY barber or MY stylist until two months ago when I was walking towards Downtown, Guadalupe to meet a friend of mine at a the park.

Atlantis Acuarion in Guadalupe, Costa RicaWhen I was a young girl, I loved aquarium fishes. My family had a 100 gallon aquarium in our house filled with beautiful fish of vibrant colors and a variety of plants. This is why I decided it was time to get an aquarium in my own house.

Buying an aquarium in Costa Rica can be a long process because you have find a store that has a large variety of fishes that are beautiful and healthy.

This lets you know that the store takes good care of their fish which in terms lets you know about their fish knowledge and whether they care or not about their store.

I first checked the internet looking for pet stores that carried aquarium fishes as well as aquarium stores in Costa Rica. I only found three stores that had an internet presence located in San Pedro, Belen and Guadalupe.

Resort Martino Casino in Alajuela, Costa RicaA couple of nights ago, my wife and I were in the mood for a bit of gambling but we did not want to go the usual large and busy casinos in Costa Rica.

I personally wastired of going to these large casinos like the Fiesta and the Colonial where the service is lacking and to be honest, where they treat you like walking ATM machines instead of a client.

So I asked some of my friends who are avid gamblers to suggest a few casinos and several of them told me to go to the Resort Martino Casino in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Restaurant Delivery Service ReviewYour family is hungry and you do not feel like cooking or leaving your house. What do you do? You simply call your favorite restaurant’s delivery service in Costa Rica, place your order and wait about 30 minutes for the food to arrive at your home.

In theory, this is a great service but sometimes it is not a very good experience. There is nothing more unpleasant than waiting for 30 minutes for your food to arrive and when it does, finding out that they delivered the wrong order. 

This is why I decided to make a review of delivery service of three fast food restaurants in Costa Rica.

Funeral in Costa RicaAbout 2 weeks ago my infant son passed away at the hospital.  I will not go into details as I am still in pain for the loss.  Even though he was just a baby when he passed away, his loss is still painful to me and my family.

I am writing this story for two reasons.  The first is that it is helping me cope with the loss and the second reason is because as an American living in Costa Rica, I hope that my story will help any other expat understand the process for a burial in Costa Rica.